Documentaries shined in an otherwise unremarkable weekend in the Specialty box office. IFC Films’ Citizen Jane: Battle For the City topped with $33,760 in two theaters in its debut, while The Orchard’s Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent bowed with just over $24K in two locations. Among other openers, Kino Lorber launched Slack Bay in two theaters grossing just over $7K, while A24 went fairly wide with Free Fire with over a thousand runs grossing $1.03M. Mubi bowed The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki taking $10K in three theaters. Amazing Studios/Bleecker Street’s The Lost City of Z held fine in its second weekend with additional locations, grossing over $2.14M. Abramorama doc Chasing Trane went into its second frame taking in nearly $24K, while SPC’s Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer starring Richard Gere was just shy of $137K in its second weekend. And nearing the end of its stellar theatrical run, Lionsgate’s La La Land crossed $151M in theaters.
Marisa Tomei lent her voice to Matt Tyrnauer’s doc Citizen Jane: Battle For the City, which opened in two locations over the weekend. The documentary about activist/author Jane Jacobs (The Death and Life of Great American Cities) grossed $33,760, averaging a good $16,880. IFC said that the title “sold out” playings throughout the weekend. It will head to Los Angeles in the coming week and bow in the top 15 markets throughout May.
Citizen Jane: Battle For the City (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $33,760, Average $16,880
Free Fire (A24) NEW [1,070 Theaters] Weekend $1,039,612, Average $972
The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki (Mubi) [3 Theaters] Weekend $10,000, Average $3,333
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (The Orchard) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $24,068, Average $12,034
Slack Bay (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,010, Average $3,505
c/o Brian Brooks | Deadline